When people's advice is "Ipa-Tulfo mo" or someone utters "Ipapa-Tulfo Kita" that would mean instant justice or the 'Tulfo Justice' that people think they deserve.
That would be the case for many Filipinos who would bypass the due process to seek the help of an instant justice on-air; a radio show trial by publicity hosted by an influential Anchorman who has been a household name for helping thousands of oppressed Filipinos deprived of social justice and human rights.
The recent judgment of a radio show, 'Raffy Tulfo in Action' which has gone viral and gained online outrage from Netizens is one of the negative sides of seeking instant justice on this popular TV show.
That episode of Tulfo's show may have gone far and have caused damage to the reputation of the accused through false justice with the absence of judicial process on his call to action or outright judgment.
The teacher who was judged by Tulfo and favored the call of the parents for the revocation of her license is a one-sided truth, but not hearing the side of the teacher is the unheard version of truth resulting in false judgment and false justice.
The parents who sought 'Tulfo Justice' may just be one of the thousands of Filipino who believes that the Tulfo is the modern-day 'Sumbungan ng Bayan' or the 'Barangay-on-Air' and that they feel they are truly heard and served justice on an instant and free of cost.
Whatever happened to our Philippine justice system? The mediation and conciliation process in the Barangay or even a simple filing of a formal complaint through a Government Agency? Or how about filing a lawsuit to bring justice in a judicial court? Well, that could be a thing of the past. But how come?
In today's time, people may have been tired and hopeless of a 'Justice delayed is a justice denied' system; a justice system that is costly and causes too much stress. What could have been more effective for some is to be favored by their Idol for whatever issue they may have against someone. That 'Instant justice' mentality may just be enough to make them feel a winner for the justice served them right.
However, the public humiliation the accused have suffered may not be erased on a digital footprint. It stays online even until both parties have reconciled through a mediation process. Just in the said case, the parents and the teacher have gone through a reconciliation through the Department of Education Supervisor. The issue between parties may have ended peacefully, but the humiliation and shame may stay forever.
Why all of these should bother us anyway? Because people are now demanding a speedy trial. People are wanting to be heard and favored for their complaints. And people are looking at Tulfo as the face of the Philippine Justice System —not the police complaint desk, the Barangay justice system, or even the higher judicial court justice system.
Will that make our Philippine justice system obsolete? Well, one thing that we can learn about the 'Tulfo Justice' is that it can put the real Philippine justice system to shame when millions of Filipino people are already shouting out for 'Tulfo' when they seek for the 'Justice and Human rights that they deserve.
However, just like the loopholes with our Philippine justice system, the "Tulfo Justice" must practice fairness and stay away from biases, unfair judgment, and treatment for nothing lasts forever in a corrupted system.
The Philippine Judicial System may be losing appeal and trust, but one thing is certain that the 'Justice-on-Air' will continue to be the voice of the poor, the abused, and the hopeless. And if one day, we will be on this case, we might find the 'Tulfo Justice' to have saved and have truly helped us in our desperate times and needs.
© 2019 Del Cusay